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Universities invent robots to prevent spread of COVID-19

Two locally designed and manufactured robots that may help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been deployed at the makeshift Pyaunggyi COVID-19 medical centre on the outskirts of Yangon in Myanmar, writes Zaw Zaw Htwe for The Irrawaddy.

The robots will be used to transport food, medicine and trash at the medical centre, reducing contact between healthcare workers and patients and lowering the risk of spreading the coronavirus. The Education Ministry has now provided additional funding to the country’s technological universities to invent more robots for hospitals.

One robot, called the trolley robot or TR 201, was invented by the mechatronic engineering department at Yangon Technological University and consists of a rolling drinks trolley outfitted with sensors so that it can move along a path automatically, eliminating the need for person-to-person contact. The other robot, the container robot or CR 201, was invented by the mechatronic engineering department at Mandalay Technological University and can carry items in a container or basket.
Full report on The Irrawaddy site

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